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Trends for 2011: all hail the 1970s

“Palazzo pants, platforms and pleats” say Asos, as 2011 prepares to welcome the 1970s – with open arms – as one of the leading trends for 2011. But what does this mean for us? And, more importantly, are we ready …

Mon, Jan 10, 2011, 14:00

   

“Palazzo pants, platforms and pleats” say Asos, as 2011 prepares to welcome the 1970s – with open arms – as one of the leading trends for 2011. But what does this mean for us? And, more importantly, are we ready to re-embrace the summer of love?

Autumn/winter 2010 saw camel become the leading colour for nearly all of our statement pieces – camel, if you will, was the new black, thanks to Chloé and Céline, to name just two labels leading the move. This is great news for spring/summer, however, as any camel items you picked up in your rush to be “on-trend” can easily be adapted into this season’s wardrobe for a jaunty take on the 1970s.

The first thing to bear in mind is that this is not the time to play dress-up with your mother’s 1970s closet. By all means, raid vintage stores for accents – pieces to add to more modern items – but don’t go head-to-toe vintage, lest you appear to have time-warped directly from Woodstock. It’s a play on the 1970s: using items that are inspired by the era to update your “now” wardrobe. It doesn’t mean you should go out in a floral maxi, with a shrunken, fringed camel jacket and a floppy hat – even the Man Repeller knows that.

So how do you do  it? Embrace the flares, firstly, and invest in a pair of statement platforms – think Miu Miu, without the hefty price tag. Just try not to pair your 1970s items with one another; for the real world, these inspirations work best if coupled with more modern pieces, so that you’re taking inspiration from, without directly channelling, the look.

Don’t look at Asos or Topshop‘s lookbooks and try to recreate them – they’re more art than wearable fashion, and should be viewed as inspiration, rather than direct cut-n-copy looks. Take a look at what Asos has done with the trend – creating playful, fun, 1970s-inspired looks with select key pieces, and then think about what items you could use to incorporate the trend into your own look.

Finally, don’t ever try to overhaul your entire wardrobe. Think about what you own, and what you can add (or take away) to make it better suit your purpose. There’s no point in investing big money in channelling this – or any – trend if your 9-to-5-er demands that you wear trouser suits. Nobody’s going to respect you if you turn up channelling Ron Burgundy instead of Debbie Harry.

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